Rebecca Klar



Rebecca Klar is a tech reporter at The Hill, based in Washington, D.C.

Before heading to D.C. to join The Hill's breaking news team, she was the city reporter for The York Dispatch, a daily paper in York, Pennsylvania, where she covered city government and economic development, and a reporter for Blank Slate Media, where she covered politics, crime and education in her hometown of Nassau County. 

Rebecca graduated from Binghamton University, State University of New York in May 2017. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in rhetoric.


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Facebook's feud with Apple escalates

Facebook’s feud with Apple is coming to a head over a dispute about Apple’s new privacy feature that would limit the reach of targeted ads, highlighting the contrasting but symbiotic nature of the two tech giants’ business models. Apple is planning to release a feature early next year requiring apps sold in its store to ask users for permission to track their data, expanding on amped up privacy features already launched. The update has been championed by tech advocacy groups, such as Ranking Di

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Amazon under pressure to lift ban on e-book library sales

Amazon’s refusal to sell e-books published in-house to libraries is sparking backlash as demand for digital content spikes during the coronavirus pandemic. Librarians and advocacy groups are pushing for the tech giant to license its published e-books to libraries for distribution, arguing the company’s self-imposed ban significantly decreases public access to information. “You shouldn’t have to have a credit card in order to be an informed citizen,” Michael Blackwell, director of St. Mary’s Co

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Teens turn to TikTok to boost Biden

Teens and first-time voters are creating grassroots groups and political action committees aimed at reaching their peers where they are — TikTok. Groups run by college students and recent high school graduates are creating memes and videos on the widely popular video-sharing app, as well as other platforms, in an effort to boost Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden Joe BidenThe Memo: Georgia voters deliver blow to Trump Warnock win puts Democrats within reach of Senate majority Eric Trump

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Threatening emails escalate voter intimidation concerns

Emails sent to voters in Florida and Alaska this week from domains purporting to be a far-right group threatening them to vote for President Trump Donald TrumpWarnock defeats Loeffler in Georgia Senate runoff The Memo: Georgia voters deliver blow to Trump Eric Trump warns of primary challenges for Republicans who don't object to election results MORE or face consequences are raising concerns around voter suppression efforts and disinformation ahead of Election Day. The emails, which are under i

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Disinformation, QAnon efforts targeting Latino voters ramp up ahead of presidential election

Disinformation targeting Latino communities is ramping up ahead of Election Day, when the demographic is expected to play a crucial role in key battleground states. Advocacy groups and election security experts alike say material is circulating on social media platforms and online messaging apps that pushes false conspiracies that echo larger disinformation campaigns in English. The misinformation efforts, some of which reflect the QAnon conspiracy theory, are especially critical in Florida, a

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House candidate asks FEC to let her use campaign funds for health insurance

Nabilah Islam, a progressive Democrat running for a House seat in Georgia, is asking the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to let her use campaign funds to purchase health insurance. Islam, 30, said the ban on using campaign funds for health insurance creates hurdles for working-class Americans to overcome if they wish to run for office. “Running for Congress, running for office, is cost prohibitive,” Islam told The Hill. She said if the United States wants a government that includes people w

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Government shutdown stalls new craft beers in York City

The federal government shutdown is starting to affect a burgeoning York City industry — craft brewing. Microbreweries regularly turn out new beers, a business model that's falling flat in the current political impasse. In addition to closing national parks and complicating air travel, the shutdown that began Dec. 22 ceased operations at the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Among other functions, the bureau is responsible for approving labels on cans and bottles of alcoholic beverages.

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$100K salaries, patronage appointments at Nassau Board of Elections - Featured

Nearly two months after he lost to a shocking Democratic victory, and just two days shy of the end of his term, former Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony Santino resigned upon his appointment to the Nassau County Board of Elections. Democrat Robert Troiano, a former senior policy advisor to North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Nassau County Executive Laura Curran’s pick for traffic and parking violations commissioner, was appointed to a position at the board of elections after it wa

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Voice concert honors 100 years since US entered WWI

Students in the Voice Program on Friday, Jun. 30, 2017. Voice coach Bénédicte Jourdois, a faculty member at The Juilliard School, has been working at the Chautauqua Institution Voice Program since 2007. Students will perform Wednesday in McKnight Hall. OLIVIA SUN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER On her bedside table, next to her Chanel perfume, Bénédicte Jourdois keeps a reminder of her family’s — and country’s — past. “I have two little vases made out of bombshells,” said the School of Music voice coach, w


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